? Have the Olympic Games been celebrated every Jour years since their revival in 1896?
?No. An unofficial Olympics was celebrated in 1906, and there were no Olympics in the war years of 1916, 1940 and 1944.
? Who was responsible for the revival of the Games in 1896?
? Baron Pierre de Coubertin, a Frenchman who staged a one-man campaign to revive the Olympics and directed the first Games in Athens (1896).
? Are the medals awarded first-place finishers in the Olympics really gold?
?No. The first-and second-place medals are both silver. The first-place medals arc gilded with six grams of gold.
? The Russians have won the most medals in recent Olympic Games, but the U.S. still holds a commanding lead in total medals won since the modem Games were started. How many has the U.S. won, and which country is second in total medals?
?The U.S. has won 1,078 medals, including 469 gold, 328 silver and 281 bronze. Britain is next, with a total of 445 medals.
? The U.S. has won the gold medal for basketball in each of the Jive Olympics in which the sport was played. Has any country completely dominated any other event—team or individual—which has been on the Olympic program at least five times?
?Yes. The U.S. won the standing high jump, an event no longer on the program, all five times it was contested. Ray Ewry won four gold medals in this event and four more in another old event, the standing broad jump, between 1900 and 1908.